CHRISTMAS in the Cotswolds — especially throughout the Slad Valley of Laurie Lee’s memorable childhood — can look and feel magical, particularly at this time of the year. So there could not be a better time or place to celebrate, in a modest way, of course, the Henley Standard’s Car of the Year 2017 — which goes to the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV (sport utility vehicle). There is sound reasoning for choosing the 5008 SUV for this accolade. Not least of which is the fact that Peugeot, of all the big European car makers, rarely stops innovating these days. And I like that outlook a lot. While some car makers mark time, Peugeot — particularly with the 5008 SUV — has grasped the nettle of the need in the 21st century constantly to move forwards, bringing new features and technical must-haves to the fore. Car makers should take a lesson from those frantic facilitators of mobile phones the world over: keep looking … [Read more...] about Our car of 2017 can help you tech control in 2018
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As infotainment systems become more complex and carmakers use further technology to improve automotive safety, driver distractions can also increase. In fact, information and entertainment systems in many new cars can distract drivers for more than 40 seconds, according to a new study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), Foundation For Safety. The AAA reports removing your eyes from the road for only two seconds doubles the risk of an accident. As automakers add further infotainment and technology features to new cars, driver distrations have increased, according to a new AAA study. Conducted for AAA by researchers from the University of Utah, the survey included voice-based and touchscreen features and studied the visual and cognitive demands required to operate infotainment systems. Thirty new 2017 vehicles were included in the study. Participants were tasked with using interactive technologies to make a phone call, send a text message, find a radio station and program the … [Read more...] about New car technology improves safety, increases distractions
Total new car registrations for the month of March were down 10.5% to 17,796 from 19,890 in March 2017, according to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). New cars registrations year to date remain 5.5% down on the same period last year (71,842 vs 75,982). New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 2% (3,147) on March 2017 (3,084) and year to date are up 5.4% (12,537). New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 11.2% for the month of March (271) compared to the same month last year (305) and are down 11.2% (916) year to date. Imported Used Cars have shown a slight decrease of 4.6% for March 2018 (8,154) when compared to March 2017 (8,545) however year to date they are 9.5% (26,116) ahead of 2017 (23,862) Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: “March has been a challenging trading month for our Industry with snow days and two public holidays leading to shorter trading weeks, but we also had the … [Read more...] about New Car Registrations In Ireland In March 2018
In early September 2016, the European headquarters of the South Korean automaker presented its new five-door Hyundai i30 hatchback third generation. Its world premiere will be held at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The company thoroughly worked on the appearance of a new Hyundai i30 years 2017-2018, so that the car was now looking much more solid and serious. In front there was a “cascade” hexagonal grille, optics diode sections and stylish vertically oriented LED DRLs. Side hatchback retained a small window at the back of the drain, which has become wider, and sidewall lost playful above the wheel arches. Completely rethought and feed Hyundai i30 III in the new body, which stands out bends on the trunk lid and bumper, as well as large lanterns. Radically redesigned and the interior of the new Hyundai i30 2017 – looks like it’s an order of magnitude above, rather than on the predecessor. The center console is placed freestanding screen multimedia system … [Read more...] about The new Hyundai i30 2017, prices and equipment
Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between.What can we expect for the remainder of 2017, and what's arrived so far? Catch our list below of newly launched models and everything that's still to come. Everything we know about right now, that is!We'll update this page as the weeks and months roll by, with many models still to be given firm launch dates. And, while the details here have been confirmed by each brand, there are no doubt many models still to be announced - and don't be surprised if launch dates shift over time.The list below begins with month-by-month confirmed launches, before spreading out to the more vague 'quarter' and 'half' confirmations that each brand has offered.Here's what we know, so … [Read more...] about New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the December update
Are you right now looking for a new car, regardless of when you bought your current car? You are not alone. You are part of a whopping 78% of car owners in the region’s automotive hubs. One-of-its-kind market The survey included 1115 adults living in the UAE and KSA who owned at least one car. 42% of households that owned a car had two or more. 15% had 3 or more cars. Now, here’s what would beat the rest of the world hollow – one in approx. seven households with just one person had more than one car! Always ready for a change 82% of car owners in the region bought a car or changed their car in the past two years, while in the UAE almost 79% bought theirs in the past six months! One in five buyers did not replace or upgrade their existing car; they simply added to their collection! (Huh! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat another slice?) Now, you can stop wondering about that long and dense line of traffic on your morning commute. Reasons that seal the … [Read more...] about So you are thinking of a brand new car. So am I!
In a world characterised by political uncertainties, the automotive industry provides one global constant – the onward march of China’s new car market.China overtook the US as the world’s biggest car market in 2010 and last year consolidated that position with 25.7 million cars sold – that’s eight million more than the US. Chinese car buyers are flocking to SUVs and city cars, especially local market electric vehicles; while, at the other end of the affordability scale, demand for luxury models rocketed.For China, however, last year was actually a modest one, with growth of just 2% compared with 2016, but the contrast with the US was stark. A total of 17.2 million units were sold in the US, 300,000 fewer than in 2016. This was the first time sales have tailed off there since the 2008 recession.The damage to the US market was wrought in the summer when SUV and pick-up sales dipped.All of the data featured below comes from automotive industry analyst JATO … [Read more...] about Global new car sales: the key trends and what they mean for the future
The Porsche lineup in Project CARS 2 will be getting bigger next month. Slightly Mad Studios has officially announced the “Porsche Legends Pack”, the next expansion for the 2017 sim racer.Following up from December’s “Fun Pack”, this latest post-launch DLC will introduce nine more of Stuttgart’s finest to the game. In addition, players can also look forward to a new circuit to master. It’s currently a mystery, but we’ve got our hunches. Read on for all the details.Nine New PorschesIn the official announcement, SMS lists two race cars: the 2017 911 RSR and the 1200hp 917/10.The RSR has quickly spread across the gaming landscape. Porsche’s current mid-engined GT racer first appeared in Assetto Corsa early last year, and has since found its way into Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7. We smell some comparisons coming…The insane 917/10 meanwhile — dubbed the “Can-Am killer” thanks to … [Read more...] about Project CARS 2 Porsche Legends Pack Arrives in March: Nine New Cars Plus a Track
If you’re looking for a new ride, you might ask yourself, “Do I really need a new car or am I willing to consider a nearly new car?” New cars are great, but there’s also a lot to be said for up to $5000 in savings, and if you’re about to buy a new car, that potential tradeoff between new and nearly new might amount to five grand, or more.Before we get any further, let’s define our terms a bit. You know what a new car is: It’s a never titled, current-model-year vehicle, typically with very few miles on the odometer. The term “nearly new,” for our purposes, would describe a used but titled, pre-owned vehicle of the previous model year. (Currently, “new” would be a 2018 model, and “nearly new” would be a 2017 version of the same make and model.) To keep the comparisons from getting cloudy, the models you consider should be of the same generation. The advantages are diminished when the brand-new vehicle is the … [Read more...] about Should Your Next New Car Be a Used Car?
► UK car market shrinks in 2017► New car sales down -5.4%► But still sixth biggest year ever New car registrations dipped by 5.4% in 2017, with 2.54 million cars sold throughout a ‘very, very volatile year,’ according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Rocky consumer confidence caused by Brexit, uncertainty over whether to buy a diesel engine and even the stasis of a hung parliament combined to diminish registrations.‘2017 was a very, very volatile year,’ SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said briefing journalists. The year kicked off with a registrations goldrush as owners sought to beat the vehicle excise duty increases that came into force in April 2017, leading to a record first quarter – before year-on-year sales declined for every one of the nine months following.‘Let’s put 2.54m registrations into context: that’s still the third best year in a decade, and the sixth best year on a … [Read more...] about 2017 new car registrations: Vauxhall, diesel and the climate the big losers